Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Old Habits Die Hard

Anyone else holding their breath waiting to see what old behaviors my foul mood would resurrect, because I sure was. Want to know what I turned to? All those who guessed cheesecake, raise your hand. Oh wait, I guess I should put my arm down since I know that protein and my stationary bicycle were the real alleviators.

I’m still not in the best place, but I am happy that I fended off a potentially very bad binge. After recognizing all of the unhealthy foods that my mind turned to, I started to evaluate my physical hunger. I was actually quite hungry, so I decided that I needed to address that before I ended up blending the two distinct desires into one gluttonous experience.

So I opted for eggs because the protein tends to fill me up, and I found that chopping vegetables to add to them actually gave me time to mentally calm myself a little more. After I had eaten I sulked in front of the television for a while and finally moved over to my recumbent bike and sweated out some more of my frustrations.

It did help to journal my frantic thoughts when I was first dealing with the anger. More than that, I kept coming back and checking the computer and I was greatly comforted by the words left in the comments section of my last post. Thank you all for being there for me. Old habits may die hard, but – if you’re stubborn enough, thoughtful and dedicated, and have found the right support system – they still die.

- 7 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 banana
- 1 toasted whole wheat English muffin with 1 light Laughing Cow wedge, tomato, and pepper
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with 2 scrambled eggs, melted cheese, tomato, yellow pepper, onion, and pepper
- 3/4 cup fat free mixed berry yogurt with 1 cup Force Active cereal
- 1 mug of decaffeinated tea with milk

- 20 minutes on the recumbent bike
- 35 minute walk
- 2 sets of 30 stomach crunches
- 2 sets of 15 squats


  1. WTG!!!! So happy for you. :) I know it's hard. We all deal with this, some everyday. You made a great choice.

  2. I'm so thrilled for you! As you well know, it is so hard to slow down and THINK before acting when you are in a funk like that. And you should be very proud of how your success with this challenge is such a motivation to others!!!

  3. This is such a wonderful post to read. You made a good choice, and you really thought about why you were feeling the way you were. Awesome job. I know firsthand that's not easy to do.

    Count this as a victory every time it those feelings come back. The more victories you have, the easier it is to win the next one.

  4. I'm happy for you that you found an outlet. Chopping with a knife sounds like a great outlet. :)

  5. Good for you! That is not an easy place to be in, but you stayed strong and made the right decision!:-)

  6. Brilliant, well done, I knew you could do it!!!



  7. You are such an inspiration. I actually bookmarked this post.

    "Old habits may die hard, but – if you’re stubborn enough, thoughtful and dedicated, and have found the right support system – they still die."

    Words of wisdom, right there. GREAT post.

  8. I'm with, so wise of you. I'm going to remember that one, too. I can't tell you how proud I am that you made it through and resisted the binge. I know EXACTLY what kind of mental work it takes to get through that and make the right choice. Fantastic job. :)

  9. Touching and wonderful comments as usual! Thank you all for your good thoughts!

  10. Wow, way to break the cycle. You are doing great work taking that moment to evaluate your feelings and make a better choice - actually 2 - healthy food and burn that energy.

    Hope you're feeling better about it all but you should be very proud of how you handled that situation! Great work! :)

  11. Great job on how you handled this. These successes build upon each other, next time you feel similarly, you're more likely to react this way and remain in control, and not binge. That's how we get past this (or how I did, and that's all I know about)